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PUBLISHED: 16:28 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:36 23 August 2010

Gravesend
20-03-08
Robert Standing to do the London & Paris Marathon's

Gravesend 20-03-08 Robert Standing to do the London & Paris Marathon's

MOST people would balk at the idea of running a marathon let alone attempting two in the space of one week. But Robert Standing, a gardener from Huntingfield Road, Meopham, is hoping to complete the double-whammy next month. The 41-year-old plans to cro

MOST people would balk at the idea of running a marathon let alone attempting two in the space of one week.

But Robert Standing, a gardener from Huntingfield Road, Meopham, is hoping to complete the double-whammy next month.

The 41-year-old plans to cross the English Channel to run along the Champs :lysées in the Paris Marathon on Sunday, April 6. He will then return to the UK before his legs have time to complain for the London Marathon just seven days later.

He said: "A lot of people think I'm a bit crazy but I don't think that I am. It's something I've never done in the 14 years I've been running and I'm really looking forward to it."

Mr Standing trains every Wednesday night as a member of Istead and Ifield Harriers and has been running races since January in preparation for his task.

Despite the toll the 26 mile courses take on the body he says he is not phased and is confident he will be up to the task.

His love affair with the London Marathon began after seeing the race on television as a youngster in the '80s. He ran it for the first time in 1995 and has since completed the course a total of eight times but he has never run in Paris before.

He said: "I will get a bit of fatigue in my legs for a few days afterwards but it will soon wear off. I know I'm going to be ok, I've done enough training."

"If I don't run I get withdrawal symptoms. I just love it. You have got to have something to inspire you and the London Marathon is what inspires me. It's fantastic."

Mr Standing is raising money for the Eleanor Hospice who helped to care for his father before he passed away five years ago after being diagnosed with a brain tumour and hopes he can better his personal best time of 4 hours 45 minutes.

With the race just one week away the runner is already thinking about gong one better next year.

He said: "Next year I'm thinking about doing three marathons, the Paris marathon, the London marathon and the Boston Marathon in America which takes place the week after the London Mara-thon."

Jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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